Thibaut Courtois latest: Chelsea goalkeeper ruled out for 'quite a long time' and needs surgery, confirms Jose Mourinho

Belgian keeper could be out for three months after injuring knee in training

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Thibaut Courtois will be out for "quite a long time" and will need surgery, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said.

The Blues stopper suffered an knee injury in training and could be out for up to three months.

The Premier League champions will first be without the Belgium goalkeeper for Saturday's match at Everton.

"Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee," Mourinho said.

"As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out."

It is another blow for the Blues, who have four points from their opening four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City.


The 23-year-old played for his country during the international break and returned at full fitness, only to hurt his knee during the first session back on Wednesday.

Asmir Begovic, bought from Stoke City for £8m to replace Petr Cech who left for Arsenal, will likely make his second start for the club against Everton on Saturday; he had played against Manchester City after Courtois was sent off in the draw with Swansea City.

Mourinho expected to receive an update on the prognosis for Courtois later on Friday.

"In this moment we lose Courtois for a long, long time - I hope it's not long, long, just long," added Mourinho.


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